AMAZING HIKE IN GARDEN RETREAT

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Don Herington

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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
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AMAZING HIKE IN GARDEN RETREAT

Big Sur Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Sunroom, 1 Bath (Sleeps 3-5)

Rustic paradise 12 miles south of Carmel in north Big Sur, less than 1 mile east of Hwy 1. A 5 - 10 minute walk up a steep, zigzag trail through redwoods takes you to a sunny slope with lush gardens and charming, unique multilevel dwellings created by Big Sur artist/carpenter/gardener/owner/resident.

Renew and refresh yourself in a natural environment with spring water, ocean and sage-scented air, and simple amenities. Enchanting hillside gardens provide many places to relax and enjoy the ocean view above the redwood canopy alive with humming- birds, bees and butter flies

Unconventional and without commercial gloss, this is a place to experience the Big Sur lifestyle. Amenities include variable bedding options, towels, cooking utensils, dishware and cookware, a propane burner and water heater, fridge, and complimentary wifi internet access.

Bring good hiking shoes and be prepared to carry your food and personal supplies.

It is also recommended that first-time visitors arrive before sundown to navigate the trail and property.

Carmel and all its refinements are only a 15-minute drive away and the Big Sur valley 20 minutes away. Come and enjoy a totally unique, unusual experience in a secluded paradise off the beaten path.

The Unique Benefits of this Cabin: Experience the clean air of the redwood canyon, enjoy the temperate climate of the sea and the smell of sage-covered hills. You can unwind and find inspiration on the meandering trails through subtropical gardens amid the full spectrum of native microclimates --from the deep cool canyon bottom by the creek, to the grassy flat drum circle, through a watery willow glen, and higher up into the sun parched chaparral where a Round House and yoga deck exists for viewing the ocean and surrounding hills.

Why the Owner Chose Big Sur: 'Although ,I was born here ,I didn't grow up here. My parents brought me back here when I was 17 and said this would be a good place for me to live. I just started homesteading here and felt so lucky to be here and to build and garden and watch my son, Zack, grow up amid all this beauty. I never dreamed this small acreage would turn out to be such wonderland ' ~Don Loui

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Suitability:
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed

Don Herington

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2011
Speaks english
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
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Property Reviews

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Amazing Hike in Garden Retreat
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews
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Amazing Hike in Garden Retreat
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p399073
+1 831 625-0649
Big Sur Central Coast California
Lake Arrowhead, CA
5

Paradise Discovered

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: May 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
My boyfriend and I stayed at Dragon House for four nights. We are avid hikers, and were both celebrating our 51st birthdays by planning a hiking vacation in Big Sur. I found Don's listing and knew it was perfect for us.

It would be redundant for me to spend this review talking about the lush gardens, the zen fountains and hammocks and sitting areas. Or the quirky and colorful decor. Everyone that has posted above has said it much better than I could, but believe me, it's all true.

There is most definitely a magical, other-worldly feel to this place. When you're sitting on the top balcony, watching the sun set, and then suddenly a cool, dense fog rolls in so quickly you almost believe it's a vision, casting the redwood trees throughout the canyon into blurry mist, well, it's easy to imagine sprites and fairies dancing among the the ferns. Any birdwatcher will appreciate the abundance of song birds from woodpeckers to hummingbirds. Even the bugs are cool!

I have to admit, however, that I wasn't a fan of the outside toilet. I'm a real tomboy, ok? But I'm also 51, and so to leave the warmth of my bed in the middle of the night, fumble for a flash light and my flip flops and trek down a flight of outdoor steps to get to the toilet, only to find a giant yellow slug meandering across the seat, well, it freaked me out, ok? Put the toilet in the adorable Un-dressing room, please, Don.

And, for the person who said there was no shower, there is now. It's right across from the toilet and claw foot tub, and is outside as well.
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 4/4
business
Amazing Hike in Garden Retreat
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p399073
+1 831 625-0649
Big Sur Central Coast California
5

great

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
Great in every way. Zen and relax vacation. Be back
Helpful votes: 2/2
business
Amazing Hike in Garden Retreat
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p399073
+1 831 625-0649
Big Sur Central Coast California
5

The greatest little retreat a person could ask for!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
I stayed for 5 nights, 1 in Dragon House and the other 4 in Rainbow House. The hike up is steep but took less than 10 minutes and with a good flash light was easy to navigate at night. The views from both houses are great and incredibly private. I took a solo vacation to recenter, read, and write, and Don's property was absolutely perfect. I loved waking up before the sunrise and plopping down at the built in sofa in Rainbow house, the view was spectacular - a Redwood Tree covered mountain and the ocean in the far distance - just me a book and a cup of tea. Absolutely stunning.

The place is not without it's quirks but I think it's part of the charm and you really can't beat the price.

I will definitely stay here again.
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 3/3
business
Amazing Hike in Garden Retreat
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p399073
+1 831 625-0649
Big Sur Central Coast California
United States
5

rainbow house is poetry

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
We loved the sunlight, the endless flowers, the hummingbirds, the colorful rooms and linens. Artwork and rustic antiques abound. The hike to the hilltop was magical. The host is gracious and available if needed. The sense of care and craft of the owner's hands evident at every turn. Can't wait to return.
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 1/1
business
Amazing Hike in Garden Retreat
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p399073
+1 831 625-0649
Big Sur Central Coast California
Richmond, CA
5

Beauty calms the beast within.

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
My husband and I stayed at the Rainbow house for a too-short 2 night stay but as soon as we started up the path toward the property all the stresses fell away leaving us calm and and happy from the beginning. Other guests and Don's pictures describe the house better than I could but what I found really touching was how the very architecture and the grounds were infused with so much personality and thought. So many thoughtful details and charm. The colors and placement of windows... Don is so friendly and helpful and serene, the house reflects his personality. I am a late riser by default but I woke with the crack of dawn just to see the sun rise on the gorgeous view of the trees. Oh yeah, THE VIEW from the balcony and uh, every window...I miss this place already.

All you need for cooking is there. Small refrigerator, propane stove and there's a grill outside. Wear shoes with good tread. There's a tub which runs hot water! No shower.

The walk up to the property is short but a little steep. There are benches and neat little surprises along the way; not for the infirm. The house was immaculate and I saw only ONE spider whole trip. I see more in my own suburban home. Insects were not a problem. Loads of blankets and the small gas heater kept us warm at night. Plenty of sun in the late afternoon.

This house is more private than what I imagine the Dragon house to be because it is set further back but we passed through the arch of the Dragon house on the way up to Rainbow and we definitely want to try that one next. With 3 levels my husband and I could have head-space when we wanted. It's a dream. There was plenty to do in the surrounding area: beaches, restaurants, hiking... but, why leave this house when you don't have to?

Thank you thank you Don for creating such a heavenly peaceful retreat.
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 1/1

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12 Miles South of Carmel on Highway 1

Other Activities: Health/Beauty Spa, Shopping, Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing

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Big Sur Cabin Rental Rates

Notes

  • $75//son/nt (single) - $150/couple/nt US Dollars
  • $75/person/nt;
    Discounts available for groups and long-term stays;
    (Couples special - $650 for one week!)
  • Dates Available: Year Round

Amenities

Big Sur Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
General:
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Telephone
  • Linens Provided
  • Internet
Kitchen:
  • Refrigerator
  • Cooking Utensils
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Double Bed, Twin Bed.
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • Balcony
Suitability:
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • cinemas
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • tennis
  • hiking
  • snorkeling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • surfing
Notes:
Ocean view. Mountain View. Not Suitable for Children